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Adventures of a Voluntourist: Vietnam

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | Views [1354]

This is the fourth and final installment of a series that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/62254/Vietnam/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

On war, struggle, and saying goodbye...

Sunday, 16 May 2010 | Views [2056]

My last official day at the orphanage was Friday, but I couldn't stay away. After meeting with a new friend on Saturday, I introduced her to the kids who have stolen my heart. Today, I returned to the orphanage alone to say my goodbyes. When it was ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

A birthday in Vietnam...

Thursday, 13 May 2010 | Views [1881]

Yesterday was my birthday. The day started by taking the bus to the Ky Quang temple/orphanage, which is more Vegas than Vietnam in its appearance. The temple was built to appear as though it was carved into a mountain of rocks, with huge fake boulders ... Read more >

Tags: voluntourism

War remnants...

Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | Views [974]

As I mentioned before, the orphanage where I am volunteering is privately run by a Buddhist organization in a fully functional Buddhist temple (Ky Quang). Government orphanages are available here, but they are very crowded; as a result, children in ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing, voluntourism

Beware dog lovers...

Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1445]

Dog lovers, beware. You may want to skip this post. Okay, well don't say I didn't warn you. But in the vein of "when in Rome," I experienced my first taste of a local delicacy: dog meat. Yes, really. Trust me, I felt more skittish about ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating

On the Mekong, motorcycles, and volunteering...

Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1060]

After a few days of relaxation in Sihanoukville (a sleepy Cambodian beach town), it was off to Vietnam. The first stop was Chau Doc, which is a small city in the Mekong Delta. It was while in Chau Doc that I had the pleasure of experiencing a motorcycle ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Photos: Vietnam

Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

All photos taken by Colleen Finn
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